Date:  Mar 24, 2024


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Requisition No: 795748 

Agency: Children and Families


Position Number: 60074410 

Salary:  $211,678.48 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 05/03/2024 

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state of Florida’s social services agency. The agency oversees services for child safety, fostering, adoption, domestic violence, adult protective services, refugees, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, childcare providers, human trafficking and public assistance. The agency’s mission is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

Within DCF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program office is recognized as the single state authority for substance abuse and mental health services. The Office of SAMH is statutorily responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (NFETC) is a 216 bed, all male, forensic, mental health rehabilitation facility. The Center is located in northeast Gainesville, Florida on 639 picturesque acres with regular sightings of deer, turkey and other wildlife. NFETC employs a variety of entry level to leadership positions including food service, maintenance, direct care, nurses, counselors, rehab therapists, medical doctors, security, psychiatrists, and psychologists.





This is a highly responsible and professional position that will serve as Senior Physician Psychiatrist- SES. This position will collaborate with each section within the state facilities and be required to use independent judgement, take initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities and should be extraordinarily detail oriented. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

This is a Select Exempt Service position practicing in a forensic mental health treatment center to evaluate men with mental disorders, manage their course of treatment, and help prepare them to confront their legal situation as described in Chapter 916, F.S. Position serves as the psychiatrist of record for a specific caseload of residents, the number determined by the need for an equitable distribution of the Center's total caseload among all the psychiatrists. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Participation in the Multidisciplinary Treatment Team for each resident, working collaboratively to develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Evaluate male patients with mental disorders, manage their course of treatment, and help prepare them to confront their legal situation as described in Chapter 916.
  • Completion of a psychiatric evaluation on every resident being admitted, initiating admission orders and developing a preliminary treatment plan.
  • Takes lead responsibility for prescribing and monitoring the use of psychotropic medications.
  • Works closely with the Clinic Physician, Dentist, and Health Care Coordinators to monitor the general health and dental needs of each resident.
  • Completes documentation for the Clinical Record in a timely manner, and works collaboratively to insure that Clinical Summaries meet statutory deadlines for submission to the courts.
  • Takes responsibility to see that required periodic psychiatric assessments are completed in a timely fashion.
  • Testifies in court as necessary.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position:

This position requires certification in CPR, First Aid, MANDT, Infection Control, Customer Service, and OSHA requirements. Intervention with combative individuals may be required. Some driving may be required. In addition, the following is required:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of program management and delivery of mental health services.
  • Knowledge of mental health, psychiatric principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Ability to perform complete psychiatric and mental health assessments of patients.
  • Ability to manage mental health disorders and care of patients.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate illnesses and/or disorders.
  • Ability to compile and evaluate mental health assessments, medical histories and other clinical and laboratory data.
  • Ability to initiate diagnostic laboratory tests and evaluate the results.
  • Ability to prescribe/alter and administer appropriate medications for specific illnesses.
  • Ability to work with patients having a variety of mental psychiatric disorders and physical problems.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to apply the consultative processes in problem-solving activities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to develop and implement various program monitoring methodologies and techniques.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensure as a physician pursuant to Chapter 458, Florida Statutes, and two years of post-licensure professional experience in the practice of medicine;
  • A current public psychiatry certificate issued by the Florida Board of Medical Examiners pursuant to Section 458.3165, Florida Statutes.
  • Certification by a recognized board in a medical specialty area can substitute for the required experience.


Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance; $25,000 policy is free plus option to purchase additional life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Opportunities for career advancement;
  • Tuition waiver for public college courses;
  • And more!

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US CITIZEN REQUIREMENT Only US citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM REGISTRATION All selected male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS).  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:

RETIREE NOTICE If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

BACKGROUND SCREENING It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville